Definition of punitive damages in English:

punitive damages

Syllabification: pu·ni·tive damages

noun

Law
  • Damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant.
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    • Exemplary damages or punitive damages, the terms are synonymous, stand apart from awards of compensatory damages.
    • In my view, the case at bar is one where punitive damages must be awarded because of the conduct of all Defendants.
    • The Law Commission emphasised that an award of punitive damages should be seen as a remedy of last resort.

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